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An important winegrowing state increasingly recognized for its high-quality reds and whites, Washington ranks second in production in the U.S. after California. Washington wines continue to gain well-deserved popularity as they garner higher and higher praise from critics and consumers alike.

Washington winemakers draw inspiration mainly from Napa Valley, Bordeaux and the Rhône as well as increasingly from other regions like Spain and Italy. Most viticulture takes place on the eastern side of the state—an arid desert in the rain shadow of the Cascade mountains. Irrigation is made possible by the Columbia River. Temperatures are extreme, with hot and dry summers and cold winters, during which frost can be a risk.

Washington’s wine industry was initially built on Merlot, which remains an important variety to this day, despite having been overtaken in acreage planted by Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Bordeaux blends and Rhône blends are common as well as single varietal bottlings. Washington reds tend to express a real purity of concentrated fruit. The best examples have a bold richness, seamless texture, plush or powdery tannins and flavors such as licorice, herb, forest floor, espresso and dark chocolate.

In terms of white wine, Riesling is the state’s major success story, producing crisp, aromatic examples with plenty of stone fruit that range from bone dry to lusciously sweet. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc perform nicely here as well, and Viognier is beginning to pick up steam.

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  • No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache 2013 Front Label
    No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache 2013
    Grenache from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2013 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners King Coal 2016 Front Label
    K Vintners King Coal 2016
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  • K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2016  Front Label
    K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • B. Leighton Petit Verdot 2015 Front Label
    B. Leighton Petit Verdot 2015
    Petit Verdot from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners The Beautiful Syrah 2016  Front Label
    K Vintners The Beautiful Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners The Boy Grenache 2016  Front Label
    K Vintners The Boy Grenache 2016
    Grenache from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse The Lovers 2016  Front Label
    Cayuse The Lovers 2016
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  • K Vintners The Hidden Syrah 2016  Front Label
    K Vintners The Hidden Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Blend 2013 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Blend 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Woodward Canyon Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
    Woodward Canyon Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners Guido Sangiovese 2016  Front Label
    K Vintners Guido Sangiovese 2016
    Sangiovese from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Gramercy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
    Gramercy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Betz Family Winery Besoleil 2015 Front Label
    Betz Family Winery Besoleil 2015
    Rhone Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners El Jefe 2016  Front Label
    K Vintners El Jefe 2016
    Tempranillo from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Gramercy Cellars The Third Man GSM 2016 Front Label
    Gramercy Cellars The Third Man GSM 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Woodward Canyon Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Woodward Canyon Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Horsepower Vineyards Sur Echalas Vineyard Syrah 2014 Front Label
    Horsepower Vineyards Sur Echalas Vineyard Syrah 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Sixto Roza Hills Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
    Sixto Roza Hills Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Camaspelo 2016 Front Label
    Cayuse Camaspelo 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Camaspelo 2017  Front Label
    Cayuse Camaspelo 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Sixto Uncovered Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Sixto Uncovered Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Washington
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  • K Vintners The Creator 2016  Front Label
    K Vintners The Creator 2016
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  • Betz Family Winery La Serenne Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Betz Family Winery La Serenne Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Betz Family Winery La Cote Rousse Syrah 2016 Front Label
    Betz Family Winery La Cote Rousse Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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